Saturday, February 28, 2009
So....back to SBS organization this week and working on my ONE project--the dog quilt. One thing in research and one thing in quiltmaking. Just one thing at a time.
Friday, February 27, 2009
The above pic is of an old Vogart cushion pattern. It was colored by crayon and outlined with embroidery. Lately I've been really enjoying patterns focusing on cottages; my favorite have cottage gardens. They just seem so charming, even when the techniques used to complete them are rustic.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Teddy (white dog) loves his ottoman. He was born with a hip defect and doesn't have a ball or a joint on his left rear hip. It's probably one of the reasons he is so insecure (that and the fact that he was seperated from his mama too early). Anyway, it is our job to keep him lean and in shape so that the muscle mass can make up for some of the problem and he doesn't put too much weight on his back. After a long day, he likes to lay on his ottoman and take the weight off his back hip. It must make him feel good somehow.
Poodles are known for how smart they are but I wonder if animal behaviourists realize they even know how to tell time. At 7 pm they all seem to share a mutual signal and line up for their evening treats. You can set your watch by them. It is a weird and amazing thing :)
Monday, February 23, 2009
It's funny though. Yesterday DH was saying how he would like to have fish for dinner today. Then he stopped and said, are you having the Helena here tomorrow? It's funny, I usually have her from 8 am or so til 5:30 or so and after a day of Helena activities, DH knows how tired I am. I never cook on Helena days :)
So what are you doing today?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Serves: 8 (makes about 11 or 12 waffles, depending on your iron)
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.
2. Seperate eggs. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks, add the milk and then oil. Add the sifted dry ingredients. Do NOT overmix.
3. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites to a thick foam and add them gently to the preparation. Your batter is ready. Cook your waffles following the instructions of appliance.
4. Serve waffles hot, immediately after cooking. A lemon sauce would be wonderful with this although I just used plain old maple syrup today!
Friday, February 20, 2009
My friend Barb had a great idea yesterday. Give her a specific part of the stash that is hers and everything else is off limits. This was the best idea of all.
Out came the hat box of scraps and I brought down an old wooden toy sewing machine. Her fascination with this lasted about 20 minutes. Of course this wasn't enough, she wants my Pfaff. We settled on lap sitting and pushing the reverse button for me when I needed it (and sometimes when I just knew she needed it).
We made another doll quilt (her design) and two doll pillows which she also stuffed. She had a blast and when I wanted to take a break and go downstairs for a drink, she wanted no part of it. She wanted to keep going and going and going.
She's one of us now. A true fabricholic like the rest of us.
Heaven help us!
Not far from a river,
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I like the paper part of quiltmaking. I like patterns. I like books about quiltmaking and I like history books in general. I hope to smash all these things together one day and write something for me to turn to as a resource. Of course it will also be helpful when I can actually think about a particular pattern and not have to rummage around in 5 big boxes to find one piece of paper.
It's hard not to think about a lot of different things while I pull some of these things out. Some old patterns have memories, some remind me of my grandmothers--maternal, paternal and great maternal. Some remind me of the people who gave me "these old scraps". I think about my father who has been gone for over 15 years now and how he enjoyed looking at the old magazines I would find (he like the ads and always noticed something I hadn't).
But I think that I've thought the most about the women I didn't know and never will. They were the pattern collectors: amazing women who collected and preserved quilt patterns during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. When I was younger and would pick up a piece here or there, it was only by chance. The pattern collectors organized swaps which I think were called round robins. They protected our quilting heritage and built bridges for the second quilt revival.
The world is a different place from even 1993 when my father passed away. I wonder these days what the pattern collectors would think of the internet and the amazing (and quick) amounts of (reliable and not) information that a quiltmaker can get with a post on the world wide web.
Well back to work....I have three boxes left to go.......
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
There was some baking to be done by a little girl and her little rolling pin.
There were sprinkles to be taste-tested.....
So this was another day and Saturday, I will have energy again. In the meantime, Happy Valentines Day....
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Seamus is my amazing magical dog. Each of our dogs bring something special to our home. Paddie is part of me, like my shadow, we lived together alone for so long. Teddy needs us and he is beautiful so it makes up for his (sometimes incessant) barking and his fearfulness. And Seamus...Seamus is my magical boy.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Who could forget some of the gizmos and doodads in these movies as well? It seemed like "Doris as the Single Girl" set the standard very very high with her apartments, wardrobe and boudoir settings. I mean, if I say to you "Pillow Talk" do you not imagine that luxury telephone of hers and those amazing pillows surrounding her perfectly coiffed hair?
I thought of Doris yesterday. The ride to Chuck E. Cheese was longer than I expected so I stopped at flea market and found a lovely booklet called "Decorating with Needlecraft". Of course I had to invest my $1.00 into this little lovely. This book brought back lots of memories (not all of them good----who remembers sleeping in curlers?) so I thought I would post what every girl's boudoir accessories should be like.........
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Helena was here again yesterday and inspected the stacks of Sunbonnet Sue information I had deposited around the desk. Of course she already loved Sue and yesterday she officially requested a SBS quilt from Nana. So I best get moving on that too!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Anyway, Happy Birthday Mama!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
DH took me to the store today so I could get this week's shopping done. I need him to help me with big orders, I just can't lift things these days. Then I took the car to the place down the road and got the upholstery and carpeting clean (from Teddy's fine performance on Thursday). It took the guy almost 2 hours to get the car done but it is more passable.
From there we headed over to Mom's for her birthday dinner which was coordinated by her good grandson Peter :) His girlfriend Jess made an amazing orange cake with a chocolate ganache glaze that was amaaaaazing. I just had to have two slices.
Tonight I worked on the sewing room. Whenever I finish a project, I feel compelled to clean up. It just makes starting the next project easier (especially to focus). I am happy to report that the room is doing better and better. The stash is beginning to slowly dwindle (no purple, brown, grey, or orange except for a few fat quarters). STILL way too much Christmas fabric but I am thinking of making some more placemats for Christmast presents. I'll bug some of my groups for nice present ideas.
Also made a note of my UFOs which aren't as bad as I thought but then I had been picking them off while Brad was recovering and this past year. I also tossed some that had such bad structure that it just wasn't worth it. I'm going to post the list on my blog to keep my momentum moving forward. Tomorrow Helena is coming again and we will have another busy BUSY day with crafts, baking and getting ready for the next snow storm.
Be kind, do good work and be well!